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Community spirit repairs vandalised garden

Last Modified July 20, 2020
The community has come together to support a local mental health charity after their garden was damaged by vandals.

‘Number 10’ is run by Herts Mind Network, which aims to empower people with mental health or substance misuse issues, giving them the opportunity to develop their skills, build self-confidence and move forward into training, further their education or get into paid employment.

The damage was discovered when the premises at Borehamwood Wellbeing Centre at 10 Leeming Road opened on Monday 29 June. Vandals broke in to the garden and smashed all the plant pots, including pots hand-painted by patients, broke a handmade bird table and smashed the table and chairs.

Katie Adams, Community Outreach Worker for Herts Mind Network, discovered the damage. She said: “We were devastated when we found the damage. Our small garden is a safe space for us to meet people currently experiencing mental health difficulties during the coronavirus lockdown.

“Many people are struggling during the lockdown, which means our services are even more important than ever.”

Herts Mind delivers essential mental health support in Hertfordshire, providing a diverse range of services. Their aim is to help people experiencing mental health issues to make choices, find solutions, build resilience and manage their wellbeing.

Karlie Baecke added: “I put a plea out on a couple of community groups on Facebook for help and was overwhelmed by the response. We had over 200 people offer donations of plants, pots, soil, equipment and time. I would like to thank each and every person for their support.”

The local branch of both Morrison’s and Tesco in Borehamwood heard the plea and got in contact to donate plants and equipment. Local builder Eric Nash fixed the broken gate and replaced the lock free of charge, and Gav & Son’s Scaffolding LTD spent an entire morning removing the damaged items, clearing the space to make it safe, as well as potting plants and flower arranging.

Councillor Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture and Health, said: “Herts Mind Network provides invaluable support to local residents during difficult times and it is heartening to see local people giving support back. Lockdown has been incredibly difficult for many people; the community spirit in Hertsmere constantly impresses me. This is just one example of how people have worked together to help others in need during difficult times.”

Hertsmere Borough Council has worked to support Herts Mind Network’s presence at Number 10 for a number of years, most recently with the allocation of £7,500 grant from the Community Infrastructure Fund to provide an additional space for one to one sessions. 

To find out more or to access the service visit: www.hertsmindnetwork.org, call 02037 273600 or 07950 215391 or email: hertsmerecss@hertfordshiremind.org
Posted on Monday 13th July 2020

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